Over 40 years ago, the pioneer residents of Medford Leas agreed that they would decide themselves what activities they would sponsor on the campus, and they created the Medford Leas Residents Association (MLRA) to carry out and administer the wishes of the residents in a democratic manner.
All residents are members of the Medford Leas Residents Association. The Association’s purpose is to promote and further the common interests of the residents and to communicate and cooperate with the Estaugh Board and the Administration in creating and cultivating a healthful, enjoyable, active, constructive and useful community life.
MLRA committees set up programs in our theater, such as lectures by guest speakers and residents, concerts by artists from the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Curtis Institute and other sources. There is an art gallery that invites artists from the region and two other galleries that hang the work of resident artists. The committees also organize trips to the concert halls, theaters, and museums of Philadelphia and New York.
Residents organize social activities and provide volunteer assistance for the fitness and aquatics program, in-house mail distribution, floral display, trails and woodlands, and so forth. They publish two newsletters, a literary journal, and this website.
The Lumberton campus, known officially as “Medford Leas at Lumberton,” is about five miles north of the Medford campus. Residents on both campuses are automatically members of MLRA and participate in its governance, activities, committees, and in volunteer work on the main campus. Additionally, residents in Lumberton are members of the Lumberton Campus Residents Association (LCRA), which has an elected council along with a set of activities, committees, and volunteer jobs specific to the Lumberton campus.
The Magazine drop-down menu includes a photo essay on the history of Medford Leas from its founding in 1971 until its 40th Anniversary year in 2011, as well as other photo essays and our photo album. To find out what’s happening now, visit the Around the Leas blog which has a new post almost every week.